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Thinking Russia in Central Asia

In 2009 the Eurasia Heritage Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (Information and Press Department jointly with the Third Department of the CIS countries) decided to implement the «Thinking Russia in Central Asia» project on a par with each other.

The objective of the project is to form a positive image of Russia as an attractive and influential country in the post-Soviet space.

The tasks of the project are as follows:

  • to develop the system of communication and information exchange among the experts from Russia and the Central Asian states;
  • to inform Russian government agencies, companies and NGOs about tendencies of the humanities development in the Central Asian countries;
  • to determine prospects for the joint research work.

In 2009 the project was implemented in 5 Central Asian states: Kazakhstan (Almaty), Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek), Tajikistan (Dushanbe), Turkmenistan (Ashgabat), Uzbekistan (Tashkent) and in Russia (Moscow). The project events were held by the Eurasia Heritage Foundation jointly with the Russian Embassies in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and the Russian Consulate General in Almaty (Kazakhstan) with the participation of the Eurasia Heritage Foundation's partner organizations in Central Asia:

  • The Kazakh Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Public Technologies Center (Kyrgyzstan)
  • Center for Social and Political Studies «Korshinos» (Tajikistan)
  • Center for Economic Studies «Iktisodiy Tadkikotlar Markazi» (Uzbekistan).

The Internet websites of the Eurasia Heritage Foundation,, and the journal «Big Game: Politics, Business and Security in Central Asia» are the project's media sponsors.


The events of the «Thinking Russia in Central Asia» project were held as the meetings of the project expert club. The experts were offered to take part in the discussion of an important subject represented by two speakers — Russia's speaker and that from the project member state.

Schedule of the expert round tables

18 May, 2009 — Tajikistan

22 May, 2009 - Kyrgyzstan

26 May, 2009 - Kazakhstan

28 May, 2009 - Uzbekistan

The subject of the first expert discussion

«The role of business in modernization of the NIS economies: opportunities for cooperation» (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Russia).

The reports were made by

Bulat Khusainov, economist, editor-in-chief of journal «Kazakhstanskiy Economicheskiy Vestnik», chief research associate of Institute for Economics of Kazakhstan's Ministry of Education and Science;

Role of business in modernization of the Kazakh economy

Azamat Dikambaev, expert of «Perspektiva» Analytical consortium (the Kyrgyz Republic);

Business and innovation in Kyrgyzstan

Boris Kheifets, economist, professor, chief research associate of the Institute for International Economic and Political Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences;

Role of bussiness in modernization of the Russian economy and cooperation with the Central Asian countries

Akbarsho Iskandarov, political scientist, Ambassador at large, Tajikistan's national coordinator in the CIS;

Role of business in modernization of the New Independent States economies: opportunities for cooperation (Tajikistan)

  • Report [384.5 KB] (in Russian)

Orzimurad Gaybullaev, coordinator of studies of Center for Economic Studies (Uzbekistan);

Role of business in modernization of the New Independent States economies: opportunities for cooperation (Uzbekistan)

Yury Aronsky, Vice-President of Turkmenistan's Union of Economists;

Role of business in modernization of the New Independent States economies: opportunities for cooperation (Turkmenistan)

  •  Report [352.5 KB] (in Russian)

The subject of the second expert discussion

«Human capital in the NIS: condition and forecasts (comparative analysis of the reforms experience in the spheres of demography, education, public health and national personnel training)»

The reports were made by

Marian Abisheva, deputy director of the Kazakh Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

Human capital in Kazakhstan: problems and achievments

  • Report [700.3 KB] (in Russian)

Lubov Ten, adviser to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Kyrgyz Republic, national consultant coordinator on monitoring;

Human capital in Kyrgyzstan: conditions and forecasts

Sergei Gradirovsky, head of the Laboratory for Management of Socioeconomic Processes of State University, Higher School of Economics (Russia);

Human development — challenge to Russia

Nargiz Khalimova, independent expert (Tajikistan);

Human capital in the NIS (Tajikistan)

Azat Irmanov, coordinator of studies of Center for Economic Studies (Uzbekistan);

Human capital in Uzbekistan: conditions and forecasts

Ludmila Amanniyazova, Doctor of Economics;

Human capital in Turkmenistan: conditions and forecasts

  •  Report [358.1 KB]  (in Russian)

The reports and the discussions materials of the expert club were the basis of the two collections of the series of «Thinking Russia»: «The role of business in modernization of the Russian and Central Asian economies: cooperation opportunities» and «The Russian and Central Asian human capital: condition and forecasts».